There sanitizing the house it is an activity that can contribute to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria in your home environment. In particular, as a preventive measure, or if someone in the house is sick, the spread of bacteria, viruses and more can be effectively contained with appropriate cleaning strategies and special disinfectant products.
Of course, on the subject of coronavirus, one wonders whether the use of these products is actually useful in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Well, some of these products on the market should be really effective against the new coronavirus, but not all of them are: so make sure you read the labels carefully and check the list of effective products on the Ministry of Health website.
Sanitize your home
Our homes should be a safe haven where you can relax and recover some energy. Unfortunately, however, the reality is that we end up taking home all the germs that we encountered in our excursions outside the apartment door, through dirty hands, shoes, clothes and phones (and not only!).
So even if your home looks clean, it may still contain contaminants that could affect your health and that of your loved ones. It is precisely for this reason that we must never forget that the best way to protect your family is simply to clean the apartment frequently.
Therefore, after washing your hands, the best thing to do is to clean the worktops, door handles, light switches and common surfaces with a microfiber cloth moistened in a solution of hot water and a special multipurpose cleaner, at least twice a day.
Light abrasion of the microfiber cloth and cleaning solution will lift and dilute the microbes that have settled on the surfaces. Of course, since the electronics do not withstand soap and water well, to clean cell phones, remote controls and keyboards, it is sufficient to use a cloth with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Cleaning or sanitizing?
Cleaning should not, however, be confused or used interchangeably with the disinfection!
The first means that germs are removed but… they don't kill themselves, while the second means that they kill themselves! This distinction is important because you may be cleaning surfaces effectively but not disinfecting, leaving germs and bacteria to rot and grow.
There disinfection, if done correctly, it will kill microscopic organisms so they can no longer cause harm. However, it is not always easy to know when to clean and when to sanitize. Disinfectant cleaners can give a false sense of security if not used properly and are only needed if someone in the house is sick.
Therefore, it is important to read the labels and follow the directions on the products. Products labeled as disinfectants, when used correctly, will adequately kill viruses and bacteria. If the label promises to disinfect only one surface, the small print could ... say it will kill 99.9% of bacteria, but don't mention whether it is effective against viruses or fungi!
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How to disinfect the kitchen and household items
Before disinfecting anything in the house, you should decide whether to wear gloves and what kind. Rubber gloves are more durable and reusable, but disposable latex gloves are fine too. Just remember to always wash your hands with soap and warm water after using any cleaning products.
Kitchen surfaces can not only host the bacteria we transfer from our hands and things, but also the food-borne bacteria, so it is especially important to properly disinfect items in the kitchen.
If you want to make the task easier, you can also use wipes, which are comfortable and simple to use, but don't use a single wipe in an attempt to disinfect an entire kitchen! There must in fact be enough disinfectant solution released from the wipe to be able to sanitize the surfaces. In general, the wipe is effective if it leaves a visibly wet surface for at least four minutes.
Also remember that many disinfectants, including those with chlorine bleach, are not safe to use in food preparation areas without an additional rinse step after disinfection.
Still, if you use an automatic dishwasher with the right water temperature and a dishwasher detergent that contains chlorine bleach as one of the ingredients, you can rest assured that your kitchen utensils, dishes and glasses are disinfected and free of proliferation. bacterial.
When washing dishes by hand, wash as usual and add a final soak in a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach for two minutes before draining the solution and allowing the dishes to air dry. Do not use on silver, aluminum or chipped enamel.
We hope that these brief instructions will be useful for you to improve the effectiveness of your cleaning and sanitizing actions in the home!